Brown is state winner in nursery operations proficiency award area

Brown is state winner in nursery operations proficiency award area


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COLUMBIA, Mo., April 21, 2022 – Rylee Jade Brown of West Plains, Missouri, won the Missouri FFA Nursery Operations Proficiency Award at the 94th Missouri FFA Convention. 


Brown, a junior at West Plains High School, is the daughter of Krystal and Scott Brown. She is a member of the West Plains FFA Chapter. Her advisors are Tonya Jedlicka, Jay Hale, and Sarah Elrod.


Brown’s supervised agricultural experience consists of running a flower and vegetable plant start operation. She grows hybrid and heirloom vegetables – mainly tomatoes and peppers – and bedding flowers such as marigolds and cosmos in her 60 square foot polycarbonate greenhouse. She uses a variety of horticultural practices to keep her plants healthy and nourished such as the use of organic fertilizers. She is also responsible for organizing inventory and product marketing.


As an FFA member, Brown is currently serving as her chapter treasurer and previously served as her chapter assistant treasurer. She attended several FFA events such as the Area 8 Leadership Conference and Greenhand Motivational Conference. She has also competed at state in the FFA Division II leadership development event, and won Reserve Champion for cherry tomatoes at the Missouri State Fair. 


In addition to FFA, Brown manages her high school’s varsity football, basketball, and track teams. She also is a part of Beta Club and the National Honor Society.


After graduation, Brown’s plans include attending a university to study horticulture, marketing and communications.


Proficiency awards recognize FFA members who excel as agricultural entrepreneurs, employees or volunteers while gaining hands-on career experience. Nursery operations is one of 48 proficiency award areas recognized at the state level. The Missouri Green Industry Alliance sponsored this award.

The Missouri FFA has 25,626 members representing 353 chapters. The national organization has more than 735,000 members representing 8,817 chapters in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.

The FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.

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